Honk Jr.

From left, Duncan Bender as Ugly and Grace Hormell as Ida practice a scene in ‘Honk Jr.’ The show will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday in the Warrior Run High School auditorium.

TURBOTVILLE — The moment Ugly rises from his nest, his mother realizes he’s a little different.

An energetic opening number, and the birth of Ugly, set the stage for a family friendly show with a message being staged by 35 Warrior Middle School students.

“Honk Jr.” hits the stage at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday in the Warrior Run High School auditorium.

Tickets for the show are $5 and will be available at the door. Tickets may also be purchased from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Wednesday in the middle school cafeteria.

Joleine Bergmueller, the musical’s director, said “Honk Jr.” is the story of “The Ugly Duckling.”

“The students are not trying to look like animals, but they are taking on the personality of the character they are portraying,” Bergmueller said, while explaining what those who attend will see on stage.

She said the story is perfect for middle school students to portray.

“I chose this because I like the message it portrays,” Bergmueller said. “The theme is ‘different is OK.’

“It has issues of acceptance, anti-bullying,” she continued. “It has a lot of issues middle schoolers deal with.”

Rehearsals for the production have been ongoing since October.

“(The students) have worked together very well, which fits with the theme of the show,” Bergmueller said. “When they have down time, they are helping each other with their lines.”

She also praised the parents for their work on the show.

“I can’t do it without the parents,” Bergmueller said. “They came in over Christmas break and built the sets. They put in a lot of hours.”

While families have been involved in preparing for the show, the musical is appropriate for the entire family to attend.

“It’s a wonderful kid-friendly show,” Bergmueller said. “It’s great for young ones. It’s great for the entire family.”

The cast features: Duncan Bender, Grace Hormell, Wyatt Walter, Rebekah Fetterhoff, Madi Steckley, Hunter Rovenolt, Madelyn Blakeney, Rachel Yohn, Mariah Roevenolt, Alaina Hemphill, Meredith Gardner, Caleb Long, Maris Kilgus, Jessica Deeter, Mindy Hunt, Mackenzie Psarakis, Sarah Ranck, Ryan Ranck, Cameron Trapani, Anthony Vargo, Cassandra Eccleston, Grace Roux, Tyler Barlet, Melanie Brown, Cheyenne Snyder, Christina Vargo, Hannah Staman, Ariana Rieder, Olivia Marks, Abby Machman, Emily Yoder, Kyrsten Knarr, Kyrah Ortegg and Jennica Ramos.

Staff writer Kevin Mertz can be reached at 570-742-9671 or email kevin@standard-journal.com.

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